cruelty

noun

  • 1

    Behaviour which causes physical or mental harm to another, especially a spouse, whether intentionally or not.

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  • 2

    Cruel behaviour or attitudes.

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Origin

Middle English: from Old French crualte, based on Latin crudelitas, from crudelis (see cruel).

Pronunciation

  • cruelty /ˈkrʊəlti/